Texting While Driving Rises 50 Percent in 2010, Government Says

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Carlidan

Well who didn't know texting and driving is a bad combination. You're preoccupied texting someone and not payng attention to the road. 

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US_Ranger

As a motorcycle rider, let me explain why some of you in here have no idea what you're talking about. When I'm on two wheels and going down the road, especially the highway, people try to kill me. That's a fact. Every close call (and I mean EVERY close call) in my case has been while someone is either:

a)talking on a cell phone

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b)texting

Sure, I get the angry driver in a truck once in awhile who's mad that I can legally lane split up to the light but they don't run me off the road or merge right into me even though I have a loud exhaust and my brights on.

As I've already posted twice in here:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/31545004/Texting_And_Driving_Worse_Than_Drinking_and_Driving

Texting and driving is actually worse for your driving ability than drinking and driving. I'm sure we're all so arrogant and sure of ourselves that we could never hurt someone while texting and driving because we're much smarter than the average person but it's just not the truth. When people finally treat texting and driving as drinking and driving, maybe then they're reallize it's just a bad idea and needs to stop. So please, the next time you merge into someone on a motorcycle because you're too busy texting "OMG, LOVE U 2!!!!!" please realize that my life is more important than your worthless text. Thank you.

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kixofmyg0t

I try to kill motorcycle riders because they are complete assholes and one has actually took off my mirror because he was tryin to pass between me and another car, not because I'm stopped at a red light to check my texts.

 

Which qualifies as "Texting while driving". Sitting in ur driveway and looking at ur phone is "texting while driving" here in Georiga.

 

So yeah screw you people.

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US_Ranger

Cool, so you're a sociopathic, road raging, terrible person. That's your problem, not mine. Go ahead and kill a motorcyclist. Good luck with your 10-25 years in state prison goals of 2012. 

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kixofmyg0t

Yeah totally dude. Having a motocyclist hit MY PARKED CAR at a red light because he thinks hes a ninja badass and can whip his stupid crotch rocket through 3 feet of clearance makes me a "sociopathic, road raging, terrible person". 

Its assholes like you that think that just because ur on two wheels you dont have to obey ANY traffic laws whatsoever and can blast through a red light @100mph with ur way over the legal sound limit exhaust whining like a chainsaw. Fuck you dude. Assholes like you need to be taken off the road. 

Also it wasnt ME that when to jail that day idiot. Nice try on trolling though.

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md123

As a cop, I am not certain if a law banning texting would actually help curb the activity, but I know people need to refrain from doing so.  I responded to an accident where 2 people were killed because someone crossed the double yellow while texting.  It does cause accidents, and those accidents have killed people. 

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opticallog

Accident, fatality, injury, and incident rates have been falling for decades and decades despite the addition of texting and talking on a cell phone as possible distractions.  Not only that, total driver milage has been steadily increasing as well, making the increase in safety even more impressive.

 

People have always been able to distract themselves while driving, whether it was eating, applying makeup, fiddling with the car stereo, turning around to yell at the kids in the back seat to shut up. etc., since cars were invented.  Texting is simply a new kind of distraction invented by technological progress.  Since most drivers don't simply add new distractions on top of what they were all doing, texting in this case simply replaces a previous distraction.  For example, there aren't millions of people out there eating, applying make-up, and texting simultaneously while driving.  For most people, texting (or talking on their cell phone) simply replaces an alternative distraction already available to them that isn't illegal.

 

Furthermore, there is credible evidence that suggests that laws that ban texting and talking on cell phones while driving increases accident rates, because drivers are now incentivized to text with the phone in their lap out of the line of sight of law enforcement, bringing their focus even further away from the road than it would be, had they been able to openly hold their cellphones up in a more open fashion.

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btdog

Texting is simply a new kind of distraction invented by technological progress.  Since most drivers don't simply add new distractions on top of what they were all doing, texting in this case simply replaces a previous distraction.

This is faulty logic.  While it may be true for a small group, this logic cannot be extrapolated to the entire population.  For example:  1) My mother puts make-up on in the car 2)When I learned to drive, I started eating behind the wheel (so now there are two).  3) My sister neither uses make-up, or eats while driving, but she instead texts.  Now, there are 3.

Just because another distraction exists, does not always mean it just "replaces" another distraction.

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US_Ranger

http://www.cnbc.com/id/31545004/Texting_And_Driving_Worse_Than_Drinking_and_Driving

 

Fatalities aren't the same as accidents. Car safety is a HUGE reason why fatalities are down. 

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bling581

I completely agree with your point, however it doesn't make the issue any less important. If these other distractions aren't already illegal they should be. I've seen people reading the newspaper while driving which is just as dangerous as texting. The media tends to focus on one thing and creates a bunch of hype about it until it becomes a "major problem to society". Politicians and media are good at that.

People are in full control over cell phones and have no excuse at all to be texting while driving. If there's voice to text apps it makes it even more unexcusable. Things like eating while driving can result in accidents if you're not careful, but I wouldn't compare them to something like texting. If you have to turn around to yell at your kids then you're just dumb.

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md123

I don't disagree with everything you say, but also consider that cars are a lot safer these days, have airbags, and most people wear seatbelts.  This accounts for fewer fatalities, and fewer less serious injuries that might have otherwise been more severe.  

As far as distractions go, yeah people put on make up, eat, drink, etc., but that doesn't mean it is ok to do so.  The more tasks that divide our attention decrease the attention we pay to each individual task.  How many times have you noticed someone swerving a little because they are futzing with their GPS, or cel phone?  Thats the kind of thing that causes accidents.  Fatal ones?  Not always, but if you hit a motorcycle then there probably will be at least one person not walking away from it.  If you happen to hit another car, then maybe nobody will get hurt, but the property damage costs everyone who pays an insurance premium.

A law might not be the answer, but it shouldn't serve as an argument to just go ahead and text while driving.

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ABouman

As someone who rides a motorcycle and a bicycle through San Francisco, I've been cut off, run off the road, and nearly killed multiple times by drivers who were not paying attention. Frankly, I don't care whether they were texting, or fiddling with the radio, or reading a book (yep, saw that one), they're putting MY life at risk by not paying attention.

Driving is a priviledge. When you get behind the wheel of a 4000 pound vehicle, you should be paying attention to what you're doing because you're responsible for operating that vehicle safely (for you AND the other people on the road). Period. If you don't feel like paying attention to what you're doing, take the bus.

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B_H

There are voice-to-text apps. People should use them.

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kixofmyg0t

According to an annual study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving increased 50 percent in 2010,

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today anounced updated 2010 fatality and injury data showing that highway deaths fell to 32,886 for the year, the lowest level in more than six decades

 

Obviously txting while driving doesn't increase traffic fatalities.

 


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US_Ranger

http://www.cnbc.com/id/31545004/Texting_And_Driving_Worse_Than_Drinking_and_Driving

 

Have a look at this cnbc article about how bad texting and driving is. Just because you don't take car safety into account does't mean texting and driving isn't dangerous.

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kixofmyg0t

Ok it seems you didn't actually read my comment. So here I'll bold what you missed.

 

Obviously txting while driving doesn't increase traffic fatalities.

 

Keywords-txting, while driving, fatalities.

 

If you get in an accident the deciding factor of your death is not wether or not you were texting.

 

Do you understand now?

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US_Ranger

It doesn't matter genius. It still increases the rates of car accidents because it's as dangerous as drinking and driving. Does that mean you think drinking and driving should be legal since cars are safer now and you're less likely to die in an accident?

Pull your head out of your ass.

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kixofmyg0t

Are you THAT fucking dense that you cant understand what Im saying? Do you need me to break it down barney style bro?

Durrrr txting doesnt make you die durr huurrr. If you get into an accdident huurrrr durrr ur death doesnt depend on wether or not you were texting herp derp. 

I made the comment because polititions will feed all over this in classic scare tactics.

Why dont you look up the ACCIDENT rate for this year in question...or are you too fucking stupid to do that?

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ApathyCurve

Do not conflate "injuries" with "accidents".  There are compounding issues, such as increased and improved safety equipment in vehicles, that can disassociate the two things from a statisitcal perspective.

I'm to the point where I'm ready to endorse some sort of movement texting restriction built into phones, i.e. - if the phone is moving more than 10mph for more than five seconds, texting is disabled.  Yes, yes... I realize passengers wouldn't be able to text.  Waaah!  They'll survive.  But it's doubtful my blood pressure will endure much more of these idiots weaving around lanes, sitting still at a green light, trying to merge with my door, or any of the dozens of other stupid things people do while texting and driving.  At least drunks are focused on trying to drive the car properly; people who are texting aren't even doing that much.

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bling581

It would also prevent people from texting the correct way such as using voice to text apps or Siri. Yes, it's easy to punish the few who screw things up but it ends up hurting everyone.

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kixofmyg0t

That'd be cool and all until someone's child(or wife or w/e) is kidnapped and can't call or txt for help because they are in a moving car.

 

Good Job for thinking that through.

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